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The FAO Library was initiated upon the foundation of the Organization in 1945 in Washington, D.C.

It was moved to the new FAO headquarters in Rome in 1951 and merged with the library of the International Institute of Agriculture (IIA). On 10 June 1952, the Library was officially opened and named the David Lubin Memorial Library "in honour of the man whose ideas and energy had led to the creation of the IIA". Today the Library contains over 1 million FAO and non FAO documents, special and digital collections, on all FAO topics, sustaining FAO as a knowledge organization.

Explore the FAO Library Catalog

Search the Online FAO Library Catalog to find FAO documents since 1945 (digital and print), non FAO monographs since 1976 and an extensive FAO and non FAO serials collection. To consult the IIA collections and pre-1976 non FAO material, write us at fao-library-reference@fao.org.



Would you judge a book by its cover? Book cover designs on pulses and legumes

The FAO Library celebrated the International Year of Pulses (IYP) with a book offering an historic and artistic overview of publications on these super foods. The most striking book covers from the 1910s to the present day were selected from the library’s valuable and unique book collections, illustrating how design has changed over the decades to reflect the content, attract audiences and celebrate art.

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